With Malta capital city named a European Capital of Culture for 2018, it's no surprise that the Mediterranean island has plenty of events and activities to shout about in the coming year.
Malta seriously delivers, suitable for history buffs, architecture lovers, devout Catholics and those who simply want to enjoy a week or weekend away in the sunshine
With recent visitors including Prince William and Angelina Jolie, the level of interest in Malta as a city break destination (for more than just resort-lovers ) has understandably spiked. And, with a sunny disposition – weather and atmosphere-wise – pretty much all year round, we can see why. You can please everyone by mixing sightseeing with activities.
Some of the Med’s clearest waters and the greatest density of historic sights of any nation, you’d think Malta might be expensive. Not so. Accommodation is excellent value, hire cars are cheap and eating out is a bargain. The island of Malta hosts all kinds of festivals, carnivals and cultural events throughout the year. Most take place in the capital Valletta, the location for the one-night only Notte Bianca and the biggest (but not the wildest ) Mardi Gras parade. Top DJs spin at the Glitch Festival, big names in jazz come in July and April means a huge firework display over the Valletta harbour.
Everyone speaks English fluently, but locals speak to each other in Maltese, an Arabic language that uniquely uses the Roman alphabet. The word for Gozo is written Ghawdex, but pronounced 'owdesh'.
The Italians have imported pizza and pasta and wine. Neighbouring Africa has given them a taste for couscous and spices. The local delicacy is fried rabbit.
When it comes to recommending a place to stay, the Island of Malta has plenty of options to choose from, but the Hilton and Intercontinental are top picks for luxury seekers, plus there is a growing number of luxury boutique hotels operating in Valletta
Flights to Malta are available year round, call us in Corrib Travel for more details